Jeon So-min romances Ha Suk-jin in 1% of Anything remake
The upcoming marriage-contract drama 1% of Anything now has a leading lady in Jeon So-min (Maids, Princess Aurora), who’ll star alongside Ha Suk-jin (D-Day) in the remake of the 2003 MBC series of the same name.
The drama, which was adapted from a popular internet novel, centers around a haughty third-generation chaebol who expected he would inherit everything from his grandfather, who is given a rude awakening when he discovers that his grandfather gave away his inheritance to a nobody teacher instead. The one condition for the chaebol to claim his inheritance is to marry the woman his grandfather selected — the kind schoolteacher who unwittingly became the main benefactor of the old man’s will. In the original drama, the leads were played by early-career Kang Dong-won and Kim Jung-hwa.
The heroine’s character is a plucky, bright, and enterprising young woman who teaches elementary school. She’s kind to everybody but can’t stand by watching things go wrong, and is tough against the strong and soft against the weak. She’ll start out in a bickering, antagonistic relationship with the hero, which gradually develops into a sweet romance — I presume as he begins to grow up and be less of a pain in the ass, because I’m pretty sure he’ll be the one needing the attitude adjustment, not her. I mostly know Jeon So-min from Princess Aurora, or as I like to think of it, that drama that went crazy, where she played the main character of Aurora. She does have a bright energy, and I have to applaud anyone who managed to make it through that fiasco still committed to the role.
I admit that this kind of character is a little old hat for Ha Suk-jin (I much prefer him being funny or quirky), but I suppose that his stiff, haughty characters have mostly been second leads, and being the leading man ought to (hopefully) bring out more interesting sides to him. Hey, I’m looking at Namgoong Min as a prime example of an actor who started out playing dull nice guys, who figured out some things while playing a few psychopaths, and now has come back to rom-coms with a crackling new energy. We can hope, right?
This version of 1% of Anything will be directed by PD Kang Chul-woo of both seasons of Ghost-Seeing Detective Cheo-yong, and written by Hyun Go-woon, who wrote family drama Creating Destiny and also the original novel for 1% of Anything, as well as the 2003 drama. I wonder if that’s something we should find promising — will having the old writer back keep things on track, or is it better to bring fresh eyes on the project?
1% of Anything is aiming to be 100 percent pre-produced with simultaneous broadcasts in Korea, China, Japan, and the U.S. It currently does not have a premiere date set, though it is eyeing a run in the latter half of the year.
Via TV Report